A mega movie marathon is underway in the City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love. For 11 days, October 22 to November 1, one hundred and eleven independent cinema films from all over the artistic world will be showcased, viewed, studied, discussed and paid tribute to!
The Philadelphia Film Society has lined up a fine array of very special guest speakers from all areas of the movie making industry. If you love unique, innovative silver screen creativity this is a monumental once in a life time opportunity to view old and new genius acting, directing, script writing and experimental onscreen choreography.
Funny, serious, horror, documentary, mystery, adventure, heart break… it is all airing in iconic theaters throughout Philadelphia with many premier showings over the next week and a half! Writer Charlie Kaufman, who if you remember penned ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ and Director Duke Johnson’s new film ‘Anomalisa’ is scheduled to receive the Philadelphia Film Festival’s Artistic Achievement Award following their film’s debut showing!
You certainly won’t want to miss the newest, controversial masterpiece from the award winning Documentarian Michael Moore called, ‘Where to Invade Next’. You can meet and greet Micheal Moore after the showing.
Some of Philadelphia’s most notable as well as historically significant theaters are participating this year including; The Ritz East, the Ritz Bourse, University of Penn and The Roxy.
There is going to be Spanish language films, New French films, true stories, fiction tales, action, mystery, love, noir, comedy… There is even a documentary special on the 2000 year old traditions used in the making of the ever popular Japanese beverage Sake called, ‘The Birth of Sake’.
This is the 24th annual Philadelphia Film Festival and the theme is the very best of Independent and Foreign film making. Short films, feature-length films, animated movies, locally Philly shot movies and films produced by Philadelphia born movie makers; there is something for every taste.
The Philadelphia Film Festival gives students, movie fans, professors and film industry personalities a chance to mingle, discuss educate and explore film making at all fascinating levels. There are many panel discussions planned and post screening, ‘question and answer’ sessions with all kinds of cinematic experts, film scholars and industry professionals.
The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is a non-profit organization that focusses on bringing attention to the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding Philly Region as being a place where the cinematic arts; acting, directing, writing and film making are thriving.
This year’s Philadelphia Film Festival features retrospective tributes to International, domestic and local themed films such as; ‘Life of Brian’ or Director Justin Kurzel’s film interpretation of ‘Macbeth’.
‘Legend’ is the story of the Infamous London Mob Crime Gangster Brothers, Reggie and Ronnie Kray. ‘Kilo Two Bravo’ is a modern military tale chronicling the combat experiences of British Paratroopers trapped in Afghanistan. ‘The Pearl Button’ is Chilean Movie Maker, Patricio Guzman’s new, historic documentary about the indigenous people of Patagonia.
Philadelphia Film Festival Badge holders can find and partake of all kinds of hospitality discounts for rooms, dining and drinking city wide as well as near the seven theatre venues involved in the film screenings throughout Center City and Western Center City. It is recommended that Film Festival Diners mention to their restaurant hosts and servers that they have a film to catch and what time it starts, before ordering as well as when booking reservations.
The Film Festival Lounge is open and serving badge members throughout the days and nights of the festival and the official Film Festival Wine this year is Dark Horse Wine.